68 episodes

The Crystal Paine Show is dedicated to helping you embrace life right where you are and take practical steps to get where you want to go.

Crystal says, "My hope is that this podcast will serve as an inspiration to your week, a pause in your day to slow down and reflect a little, a looked-forward-to part of your weekly routine, a place where we can connect on a deeper level… and ultimately, my desire is that you come away from listening to each episode feeling motivated to bloom where you are planted and take intentional steps to move in the direction you are longing to go."

Crystal is a wife, mom of 3, speaker, author, and online entrepreneur, best known for founding MoneySavingMom.com as well as YourBloggingMentor.com.

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The Crystal Paine Show is dedicated to helping you embrace life right where you are and take practical steps to get where you want to go.

Crystal says, "My hope is that this podcast will serve as an inspiration to your week, a pause in your day to slow down and reflect a little, a looked-forward-to part of your weekly routine, a place where we can connect on a deeper level… and ultimately, my desire is that you come away from listening to each episode feeling motivated to bloom where you are planted and take intentional steps to move in the direction you are longing to go."

Crystal is a wife, mom of 3, speaker, author, and online entrepreneur, best known for founding MoneySavingMom.com as well as YourBloggingMentor.com.

    68. Secrets to a Happier Marriage (with Matt and Lisa Jacobson)

    68. Secrets to a Happier Marriage (with Matt and Lisa Jacobson)

    Last week, Jesse and I shared some of our favorite tips and tricks for keeping the spark alive in your marriage. We didn’t want to stop there though. Matt and Lisa Jacobson are speakers, podcasters, and authors who have built a library of work specific to sharing how you can keep your marriage alive and thriving. 
    Matt and Lisa have been married for more than two decades and have had eight children. Through all of that, they are still passionate for and about each other, but it hasn’t always been easy. Listen in and they share personal anecdotes and amazing tips for keeping your marriage alive. 
    They’ve written multiple books about how men and women in the marriage relationship should speak to each other and affirm their love for one another. One of their most important pieces of advice is to keep the spirit of dating alive in your marriage. You should date before, during, and after your wedding and honeymoon period. (Hint: the most important time to keep dating, is after your wedding!)
    Between the two of them, Matt and Lisa share a holistic view of a thriving marriage. Your husband should pursue you, but you shouldn’t be afraid to pursue him. There are plenty of things you need to hear each and every day, but there are things he needs to hear as well. A thriving marriage is built on love and teamwork.
    Listen in to hear all of Matt and Lisa’s advice. Never forget the power of going out, just the two of you, to grab some coffee or tea and just have a conversation. Their words are full of wisdom you won’t want to miss if you’ve felt that your marriage could be better.
     
    In This Episode: 
    [00:50] We aren’t done with the topic of building a strong marriage. Matt and Lisa Jacobson join us to chat about creating a thriving relationship.
    [01:40] Matt and Lisa introduce themselves and share a bit about their businesses and books.
    [03:43] They have 8 children between the ages of 26 and 12 and have still managed to thrive. 
    [06:35] Has the topic of marriage always been a passionate subject for Matt and Lisa? 
    [08:20] How can you create and build a great marriage? 
    [09:30] Listen as Lisa relates a small moment she and Matt shared that inspired one of their books.
    [11:57] What can newlyweds do to set themselves up for a long and prosperous relationship? 
    [14:37] Your wife should feel cherished. Learn how you can approach this topic.
    [16:22] Learn what you need to have an awesome date with your spouse.
    [17:31] Ladies you don’t have to wait for your husband to pursue you. Be interested in his world as well.
    [19:38] Keep in mind that your man isn’t made of Teflon. Things stick. Listen as Lisa and Matt share tips and tricks for being mindful of your words. 
    [24:32] What can you do today to make your marriage better? 
    [26:03] Learn small, practical things you can do to bolster your relationship.
     
    Links and Resources:
    Crystal Paine
    Crystal Paine on Instagram
    crystal@moneysavingmom.com
    Money Saving Mom
    Money Saving Mom on Facebook
    Money Saving Mom Deal Seekers Facebook group
     
    Faithful Man
    Club 31 Women
    Faithful Life Podcast
    100 Ways to Love Your Husband
    100 Ways to Love Your Wife
    100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband Needs to Hear
    100 Words of Affirmation Your Wife Needs to Hear

    • 28 min
    67. Romance and Intimacy: 10 Ways to Keep the Sparks Flying

    67. Romance and Intimacy: 10 Ways to Keep the Sparks Flying

    I reached over last night and took his hand and said, “I really like you.”
    It might seem like such a simple gesture, but after 17 years of marriage, I’m so grateful that we don’t just love each, we LIKE each other, too.
    A good marriage doesn’t just happen; it requires two very different people to be willing to put forth time, effort, and sacrifice.
    To choose their spouse everyday — on the good days and the bad days.
    To be faithful and loving on the dark and difficult days.
    To look for the good, to appreciate your differences, to ask forgiveness and to be willing to extend forgiveness.
    To stay when it’s hard, to persevere when it’s exhausting, to be a champion and cheerleader instead of a comparer and complainer.
    A good marriage is work, but it’s worth it.
    This week, on the podcast, Jesse and I share candidly about romance and intimacy and give you 10 ideas that have helped us keep the sparks flying (some of them are probably not what you’d expect!).
    In This Episode: 
    [01:12] In light of last week's episode, I had to tell you that I literally broke up with my phone -- unintentionally. :)
    [03:11] What’s saving our lives? A percussion massage gun and drinking a gallon of water.
    [09:18] I’m reading Killing the Rising Sun and Jesse is reading the He Reads Truth daily devotional.
    [13:38] Romance and intimacy… let's talk about some ways we've found to keep the spark alive.
    [15:29] Jesse shares 5 of his suggestions.
    [21:16] My 5 ideas -- and we had to laugh at how my first idea correlated to his 5th idea!
    [29:10] What would you add to our list? 
    Links and Resources: Percussion Massage Gun How I Drink a Gallon of Water Every Day Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly  He Reads Truth CrystalPaine.com MoneySavingMom.com YourBloggingMentor.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal@moneysavingmom.com How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show The podcast is available on iTunes, Android, Stitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)
    Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

    • 29 min
    66. How to Break Up With Your Phone

    66. How to Break Up With Your Phone

    About a week and a half ago, Jesse dropped his phone in the lake while duck hunting. To our surprise, instead of this being something that was a sort of frustrating expense and inconvenience, it turned into an unexpected blessing.
    On this episode, Jesse and I talk candidly about how addicting the phone can become, changes we've implemented to spend less time on our phones, and what has been working for us (as well as some things we are trying!)
    We also share some of how we are approaching phones with our kids, the dangers parents need to be aware of, and what we're learning as we're navigating having a teen and pre-teens in the age of so much connectivity and technology.
    In This Episode: 
    [01:34] Why elderberry syrup is saving my life these days.
    [04:37] Jesse’s phone took a swim, listen to hear how it was a blessing in disguise. 
    [13:53] How we turned the loss of the phone into a finances discussion with our kids.
    [16:20] Why phones have become an unhealthy addiction and how to break up with them.
    [19:12] How parents need to be aware of the dangers that are out there when it comes to our phones.
    [24:42] What kind of example are we setting for our kids with our phone usage? 
    Links and Resources: Four Mothers Elderberry Syrup CrystalPaine.com MoneySavingMom.com YourBloggingMentor.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal@moneysavingmom.com

    • 33 min
    65. Our Journey to Becoming Foster Parents

    65. Our Journey to Becoming Foster Parents

    Our Journey to Becoming Foster Parents “What’s your plan for foster care? How many kids are you planning to accept at a time? What ages of kids are you planning to foster? Are you hoping to adopt from the foster care system?”
    These questions and many more have been asked by very well-meaning, caring people over the last few months as we’ve shared the news that we were becoming foster parents.
    If you know me, you know I’m a planner. I’m a to do list queen. I love having order and organization in our lives. I’m a big proponent of setting goals.
    And yet, when it comes to foster care, I don’t have a pre-determined plan or fill-in-the-blank answers. In fact, my answer to pretty much every question is, “I don’t know. We’re open to how God leads.”
    That might seem vague or even like a cop out. But it’s the truest answer I have to give right now.
    Why We Said Yes to Foster Parenting You see, we aren’t saying yes to foster care because it fits into a grand plan we’ve written out for the next 10 years of our life. In all honesty, saying yes to foster care feels pretty crazy with our current workload and responsibilities and season of life.
    And yet, to the deepest part of our core, we know this is God’s call on our life and we know that He has a plan for our future that is greater and bigger and crazier than what we could dream up.
    So we've jumped off the cliff of our comfort and plunging into the unknown in full confidence that God’s got this. He knows what the future holds and He’s the One Who holds the future — and we can trust Him to carry us, even on the really hard days.
    In this week's episode of the podcast, Jesse and I share in-depth how we ended up on this journey (it wasn't one we ever anticipated being on!), why we made the decision to pursue getting licensed, what the licensing process was like, and what we've learned along the way. We also answer some of your most often-asked questions regarding foster care.

    In This Episode:  [01:23] My exercise ball and cleaning out our closets have been saving our lives. We share why.
    [06:38] I just finished reading Parenting and wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes.
    [10:56] Jesse is reading Hunter Killer.
    [12:40] The unexpected path that led us to become foster parents. 
    [19:37] We talk about what the classes and certification were like. 
    [26:00] After finishing all the classes, we moved on to the home study.
    [29:18] What the best step to start with to look into fostering?
    [32:21] Why we decided to actively involve our kids in the decision-making process.
    [34:51] What are some of the best ways others can come alongside and help foster families? 
    Links and Resources: My Exercise Ball Parenting by Paul David Tripp Hunter Killer by Kevin Maurer and Kevin McCurley CrystalPaine.com MoneySavingMom.com YourBloggingMentor.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal@moneysavingmom.com

    • 39 min
    64. My Word for 2020 (+ my goals for this week!)

    64. My Word for 2020 (+ my goals for this week!)

    Like usual, as the year winds down and we head into November, I start thinking of what over-arching theme I want to pursue in the following year. My word for the year came pretty easily to me, as it often does.
    I sat with it for a few weeks to make sure I really loved it. And then I asked Jesse for his thoughts. He agreed that the word seemed fitting for 2020.
    So without further ado, my word for 2020 is: Savor.

    What Does Savor Mean? There are a variety of definitions for savor, but the basic definition is, “to taste or smell with pleasure.” I decided to expand my own personal definition of savor to encompass slowing down and fully experiencing life through my senses.
    I love how Vocabulary.com defines it:
    Whether it’s a feeling of joy or a piece of pecan pie — when you savor something, you enjoy it to the fullest.
    When you savor something, you enjoy it so much that you want to make it last forever. With that in mind, savor carries a connotation of doing something slowly. If you savor that flourless chocolate tart, then you eat it slowly, bit by bit, deliberately picking every last crumb off the plate. The word is often applied to eating, but you can savor any pleasurable experience, whether it’s the winning touchdown or your moment in the spotlight.
    Why Did I Choose This Word? My personality is one that doesn’t tend to do life slowly. I usually have an end goal in mind with almost everything and I can put my head down, my blinders on, and just aim straight for that objective.
    While there are good things about this tendency, it also means that I often miss a lot of beauty and experience along the way. This year, I want to take the time to really stop and savor life, to experience the richness of the everyday, and to notice what I’m tasting, touching, hearing, seeing, and feeling.
    I plan to not only be aware of this as I go throughout each day, but I also am going to set 2-3 goals per week that are focused on helping me use my senses to more fully experience life.

    To hear more about this word and why I chose it for 2020, be sure listen to this week’s podcast episode where I share more about choosing a word for the year, a book I just finished, a remedy that’s helping with my hacking cough, and more about weekly goal-setting versus yearly goal-setting.

    In This Episode:  [01:07] Happy New Year! It feels like it has been forever since we’ve recorded a podcast! Listen in for a quick recap of our holiday!
    [05:36] Vicks VapoRub with socks is saving my life this week!
    [07:33] I finished An Invisible Thread on the drive home.
    [10:15] Why choose a word of the year and what was mine from 2019?
    [11:33] My word for 2020 is Savor. I share more about choosing this word.
    [14:13] How do I plan to live this out?
    [16:35] My goals for week 1 – January 2020 are…
    [19:31] What is your word of the year? How are you setting your goals in 2020?
    Links and Resources: Vicks VapoRub
    An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park My Word for 2019 Why You Should Choose a Word for the Year Free Printable Word of the Year Ideas My Word of the Year for 2018 One Word for 2016 CrystalPaine.com MoneySavingMom.com YourBloggingMentor.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal@moneysavingmom.com

    • 20 min
    63. What Worked and What Didn't Work in 2019

    63. What Worked and What Didn't Work in 2019

    Note: I said in the episode that next week we'd be talking about foster care next week. Well, I completely forgot that next week was Christmas! Whoops! We'll be taking next week off for Christmas but then we'll be back the week of New Year's with an episode on our Word of the Year for 2020. And then the following week, we promise to do the foster care episode! Thank you for your grace!
    We’re nearing the end of the year and it’s time to reflect on this year to prepare for next. This is the time of year that Jesse and I sit down and review the past year. How did we do on our goals? What worked? What didn’t? What did we learn? 
    In this episode, we talk really candidly about our goals we set for 2019 and what worked, what didn't work, what we learned, and how we're changing up our goal-setting for 2019.
    If you'd enjoy a personal peek into what goal-setting has looked like for us, what we've learned about goal-setting, and how I'm completely changing the way I set goals in 2020, you don't want to miss this episode.
    Psst! You'll also get some first word news on a little of what you can expect on MoneySavingMom.com in 2020 (I think you're going to like it -- especially if you love my personal posts and enjoy my book posts and goal-setting posts!)
    We also give you a framework to reflect on your past year and how to use this as a reference point for setting goals. And by the way, even if you really despise the idea of setting goals, I think you'll still enjoy this episode!
    In This Episode:  [00:49] Jesse and I are skipping our usual segments to dive straight into goal setting for the new year.
    [01:34] We share what our goal setting process looks like now versus in previous years.
    [03:27] Learn the three questions I ask myself as I reflect on the prior year.
    [03:50] Why should you set goals each year? 
    [05:36] Make sure your goals are serving you.
    [06:42] Jesse and I share the goals that worked in 2019.
    [13:44] Next we ask ourselves, what didn’t work for the year?
    [17:34] The third question I like to ask is, what did I learn? 
    [26:57] The last focus of goal setting for me is to think about what I hope for in the new year.
    [29:11] My two big goals for 2020? Have a baby! … and write a book. Plus, why I'm not setting yearly goals in 2020 and what I'm doing instead.
    Links and Resources: Michael Hyatt - The Full Focus Planner Choose Faith: Men’s Gratitude Journal Crystal’s Favorite Things on Amazon CrystalPaine.com MoneySavingMom.com Crystal’s Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal@moneysavingmom.com Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission — at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

    • 33 min

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I’ve been following moneysavingmom for over a decade. I’m old enough to be Crystal’s mom and have 6 children of my own. It’s been a joy and privilege these 10 plus years to watch Crystal share her transformational journey from homeschool girl to world changing business owning, author, speaker, wife and mom. It’s been quite a journey of suffering, growing, changing and doing so much heart work for her. Her podcast is the icing on the cake of her journey. I’ve learned so much from her. Through Crystal, I’ve been challenged to press in and engage in my own transformational heart work and to grow and change too. You too will glean so much from Crystal and Jesse’s podcast. The banter between the two is lively and fun. Set aside a half hour a week to lean in an learn and it will change your life too.

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